As many of us gladly wave goodbye to the trying and often shocking year that was 2016, we look with fervent hope into 2017 believing that it will be better. As is the usual trend, we are eager to make a fresh start, make significant changes and see a difference in our lives for this New Year. And whilst big changes may be the desired outcome, those big changes are often facilitated by several smaller, incremental changes – like the ones we can make to our workspaces that can help us think more clearly and subsequently work more efficiently. And yes, we are talking about simple ways to declutter your work space and add some life to it so you can be re-energised for the New Year. Let’s start by…
1. Adding some clarity
Spring cleaning can be hugely satisfying but why wait until spring to get it done? Why not start now? The beginning of a new year is a perfect time to declutter your space for new exciting things at work. A Princeton University study showed that, ‘physical clutter int your surroundings competes for your attention resulting in decreased performance and increased stress.’ Basically, clutter is not good for your body, mind or career. So let’s get decluttering, shall we!
2. Bring in some colour
Colours have an overall effect on our mood and productivity in both positive and negative ways. Green and blue are known to induce greater productivity and efficiency in the workplace while yellow is said to trigger innovation and is best used in work environments where creative professionals such as artists, designers and writers work. For an energy boost or to heighten your attention to detail, consider adding some red to your work surroundings. More subdued colours like grey and white tend to have a more negative effect on people psychologically and should be avoided or used sparingly.
3. Put some life into it!
Looking at a drab, lifeless desk day in, day out is not good for anyone. Fresh flowers and small green potted plants (remember the colour green increases productivity and efficiency) will give your desk a bit of life. Even better is the fact that green plants reduce sickness, clean the air and reduce stress.
4. Be inspired
It might be a bit of a cliche but adding some inspirational elements to your workspace that encourage and motivate you to ‘reach for the stars’ so to speak can be a very positive thing. Having a few inspirational quotes around you can make a huge difference when the going gets tough or you’re just having one of those days…
5. Get personal
It’s estimated that you’ll spend about one third of your life working so making your workspace feel a little more homely can’t be any harm. Arranging and decorating your cubicle or office to your liking can make for a happier, less stressful work environment for yourself. Add some pictures of family and friends and maybe even hang some artwork if there is room for it. You could even add office supplies that are more appealing to your desk. Considering you will spend so much time at work, adding your personal style to your cubicle or office can help you feel more connected to your space and actually make you WANT to be at your desk day after day throughout the year.
We hope our post has been helpful and inspires you to turn your workspace into a more ‘you’ space so to speak.
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